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I laughed a little.
I don't have anything against people using them, I just find it odd that so many people say they can't make bread because they don't have one.
That is so weird. People have been making bread for, literally more than 20,000 years. Bread makers have been around for, what, 20 years? If you get a good key bread recipe, you are set. I don't even look at recipes anymore, unless I'm doing something really different with a new recipe. I just know how to proof the yeast, throw in the flours, salt, honey or sugar, butter or oil and other ingredients I want. I started making bread more than 20 years ago and it's so lovely I would only get a bread machine if I were physically unable to make bread myself. (Which is why I sometimes knead the dough in my Cuisinart, when my Fibromyalgia is acting up and I'm in too much pain to do 20 minutes of kneading by hand.)
I do, however, LOVE my rice cooker. Rice never cooks properly on the stove and all the Asian people I know have a rice cooker and use it daily. I got one about a year ago, and it is perfect. But, rice is just heating and softening a grain. Making bread is an art.